CM101 Mission as Transformation. Introduction. What is mission?. Mission = A Sending Out for a Purpose In Christian sense:
Mission as Transformation
“Everything that the Gospel of God’s love sends to the world. It embraces the pursuit of justice and peace and the care of creation, as well as the sharing of faith.” Donald Elliott
Missio Dei = The Mission of God
‘The Church exists by mission just as fire exists by burning’.
- Emil Brunner
How is generativity expressed in your life?
then is to live the
mission of God
as a community
You want to be generative and missional but how should you proceed?
Successful socialization depends on the individual’s psychological identification with the group and, second, that identification matters in large part because we care about what our peers think of us.
Social group members are able to influence one another’s values in large part because of the power of emotions of self assessment (pride, embarrassment, and shame). People feel pride when they are approved of by their peers, and embarrassment or shame when they are derogated by peers.
“the only ones who joined were those whose interpersonal attachments to members overbalanced their attachments to non-members. In effect, conversion is not about seeking or embracing an ideology; it is about bringing one's religious behavior into alignment with that of one's friends and family members …. attachments lie at the heart of conversion and therefore that conversion tends to proceed along social networks formed by interpersonal attachments”
`Stark, The rise of Christianity
Dr. Craig Altrock’s has written a book called The Shaping of God’s People:
One of the factors in long term viability for a new missional project is the number of people in your core community that you start with.
Eg. In planting a new worship service
Other factors affecting long term viability
Have a go at planning a missional activity in your parish